In this new hybrid work environment, employers are using video interviews as the primary way to interview candidates. These tips will help you put your best foot forward.
1. Do your research
Prepare for a video interview like you would for a face-to-face one. Research the company beforehand and review the job description in detail, so you can highlight where you meet or exceed the requirements. Pro tip: Fully explore the company’s website and understand the mission, what they produce, recent press releases, and even the competitors.
2. Create your narrative
Plan on being prepared for a conversation about your background and skills and how they relate to the role and goals. Collect and organize all the materials and talking points you need so they are within reach to reference during the interview. Pro tip: Write down questions you want to ask at the end of the interview and practice asking them out loud in advance.
3. Prep your space
Video interviews are great because you can have one anytime and anywhere. However, choosing an appropriate spot to conduct the interview is still important. Choose a quiet environment where you can relax. Pro tip: keep your background as simple as possible or leverage the blurred background capabilities of the video platform.
4. Double-check your tech
We all know of the technical difficulties that can arise when teams work remotely. Get your technology in place to avoid mishaps during a virtual interview by ensuring you have a charged device and a fast internet connection. We recommend 1.5 Mbps for a clear HD video conference. Next, test your audio and video equipment before the interview by checking the incoming and outgoing sound of the microphone, phone, and speakers. Lastly, do a quick Webcam or computer-built camera check for display quality and any lagging. Pro tip: you can use www.speedtest.net to test your internet speed.
5. Dress to impress
Make sure you’re dressed as if you’re attending a real interview even though you’re on video. While some companies may have different and more relaxed dress standards in the office, it’s always wise to be more formal than less for an interview. For most interviews, something modest and business casual will be perfect. Pro tips: don’t chew gum or eat during the interview and keep a bottle of water on hand.
6. Check your lighting
Illuminate your facial expressions! Proper lighting eliminates unwanted shadows that may skew a person’s facial expressions or appearance. Pro tip: Open up your shades and let the natural light pour in, but don’t let all that light hit your back.
7. Breathe and take your time
Speak slowly and enunciate clearly. Don’t interrupt the interviewer when he/she is speaking. Slow down and take your time. If you need a couple of moments to collect your thought, it’s okay. Be concise with your question responses. Pro tip: don’t provide every detail of your personal life story, only information relevant to your professional background.
8. Practice makes perfect
Have a friend or family member conduct a virtual mock job interview with you and screen and audio record it to review later. You can then review your interview recording to implement improvements. If you hear many “umms” and “uhs” in the recording, practice reducing them from your conversational speech. Review your body language to ensure you are showing sincerity and interest. Make sure you are satisfied with your appearance, facial expressions, and background. Pro tips: smile to project a positive image to the listener and change the tone of your voice.
9. Relax and have fun!
Interviewing can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Remind yourself that you can do it and do it well. And remember, to always be yourself, bring all of who you are to the interview. Pro tip: remind yourself that if you don’t get this job, there are other ones out there. Good luck!
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